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17 July 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The installation of the first WindFloat Atlantic turbine on its floating platform will begin on Wednesday, 17 July in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain. The fabrication and load-out of this first WindFloat platform, developed by Principle Power, was completed last week in Fene, and the platform has been moored to the quayside in Ferrol, […]

16 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Vattenfall has contracted the Aberdeen-based Rigmar to inspect and maintain subsea structures and cables as well as foundations, turbine transition pieces, subsea cabling, and boat landings at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). This is Rigmar’s first win as a main contractor in offshore wind, having built up experience as a sub-contractor, Vattenfall said. “Having completed […]

15 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Jan De Nul's offshore installation vessel Taillevent is en route to Eemshaven in the Netherlands to start loading the first turbine components for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm. Located in the German North Sea, the 200MW TWBII wind farm will comprise 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines installed at the site some 40 […]

12 July 2019 R&D

EnBW Asia Pacific has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea’s Chonbuk National University to support the creation of an International Offshore Wind Research Center. 26 other institutions and companies are participating in this project including Korea Shipbuilding & Ocean Engineering Research Institute, Hyundai Global, JY Heavy Industries, among others. The center will support the Seamangeum offshore […]

2 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project has entered the construction phase as onshore works kick off. The groundbreaking took place on 1 July, marking the first onshore construction work on the two-turbine 12MW offshore wind project. “The Virginia offshore wind demonstration project is another powerful example of the Commonwealth’s position as a leader […]

1 July 2019 Environment, Wind Farm Update

The Danish Energy Agency is seeking ideas and proposals for the content of the supplementary environmental impact assessment (EIA) Vattenfall has to prepare for the Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms. The responses should be sent to the agency by 16 August at the latest. As previously reported, Vattenfall delayed the two nearshore projects […]

28 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

K2 Management has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taean Wind Power and Dohwa Engineering for the Taean offshore wind farm in South Korea. K2 Management will work as the owner’s engineer and consult on the financing and construction of the offshore wind project located in the Yellow Sea. The company has also entered a service contract […]

18 June 2019 Business & Finance

London-based Colebrook Offshore has established a partnership with the Irish Grimes Offshore Services (GOS) to offer comprehensive marine, offshore and consultancy services for the offshore wind market in Ireland. Colebrook Offshore said it will offer support services to the renewable and offshore vessel markets, ranging from strategy and market approach to vessel contracting and operational support. The […]

14 June 2019

iXblue has begun conducting the geophysical survey at the site of the Groix & Belle-Île pilot offshore wind project in France. Under a contract secured with EOLFI, iXblue's crew of hydrographic surveyors and geophysicist engineers is carrying out the survey onboard the company's hydrographic research vessel FeliX. According to the company, the survey began this week […]

10 June 2019

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the Kaohsiung Marine Technology Industrial Innovation zone in Taiwan which will comprise an offshore wind training center. The training center will provide offshore wind GWO training for which Maersk Training and the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC) signed an agreement in February. According to Maersk, besides training technicians […]

31 May 2019 Vessels

Danish jack-up vessel operator Ziton has chartered Vroon's MPI Enterprise on a bareboat agreement. The bareboat charter started on 28 May and will continue until 31 March 2021. Ziton will then have the option to acquire the 2011-built vessel. This fleet expansion is part of Ziton’s strategy to meet changing market dynamics, in which offshore […]

21 May 2019

The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has shared videos showing the construction and installation of the two-bladed Hibiki floating wind turbine. The Aerodyn SCD 3MW turbine, installed on Ideol's Damping Pool floating foundation, was towed from the Kitakyushu Port to the installation site some 15km off Kitakyushu City on 29 August 2018. Hibiki, set to be […]

13 May 2019 Business & Finance

Anbaric has entered into an agreement with Commercial Development Company (CDC) to launch a center dedicated to offshore wind on the site of the former Brayton Point coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, U.S. The USD 650 million Anbaric Renewable Energy Center follows CDC's plan to transform the former power plant site into a logistics port, manufacturing hub and […]

6 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Dominion Energy will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in the coming weeks, the Virginia-based energy company's chairman, president, and chief executive officer Thomas F. Farrell said. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project will comprise two offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 12MW installed in a federal lease area in the Mid-Atlantic some […]

22 April 2019 Vessels

Dutch marine services provider Herman Sr. has held a name giving ceremony for the newly-built Damen Shoalbuster 2308 S Teddy. Teddy is the thirteenth Damen vessel in the Senior BV fleet and will allow the Dordrecht-based company to expand the services that it offers to the dredging, offshore wind and other sectors. According to Damen, […]

5 April 2019 Authorities, R&D

The German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) has approved changes in the grid connection for offshore test areas as part of its decision to amend the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG), allowing the establishment of offshore test centers. The approval means that an offshore test center can be established off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the Baltic Sea, […]

4 April 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Wave energy technology developer Marine Power Systems (MPS) is expanding into the floating offshore wind sector with two new devices said to offer a solution to wind energy generation challenges in deep waters. The UK company stated that R&D of its wave energy device WaveSub brought to the development of the DualSub device, which captures […]

3 April 2019 Technology

Sweden's SeaTwirl is negotiating to sign a Letter of Intent with external investors and partners. The scope of the planned investment is a total of SEK 70 million (EUR 6.7 million), provided milestones are met, the company said. An investment plan has also been developed for the continued development and installation of SeaTwirl S2-1MW, a […]

27 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The jacket foundation for the Deutsche Bucht offshore substation has arrived at the installation site in the German North Sea and will be installed as soon as there is a suitable weather window, a spokesperson for Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH told Offshore WIND. The substation topside has been towed from Vlissingen to Eemshaven in the Netherlands, as the […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and China's Tus-Wind have officially opened the TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC) for offshore wind in China. The GBP 2 million center opened today, 21 March, in Yantai City following a trade mission of 11 UK companies eager to explore offshore wind opportunities. TORC will act as a renewable energy […]

13 March 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Saipem has signed an agreement with KiteGen Venture to support the development, construction and commercialization of a high altitude energy kite. Patented by KiteGen, the technology facilitates the harnessing of airborne wind to produce clean energy with kites connected to a ground‐based generator that will produce up to 3MW of electricity. According to Saipem, the aim […]

12 March 2019 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

Partners Group has provided equity financing for the 500MW Greenlink Interconnector, the subsea connection set to be built between Ireland and Great Britain. Greenlink has so far been developed by Element Power, which, together with funds managed by Hudson Sustainable Investments, is the other major shareholder in the project. "Greenlink Interconnector is a key electricity […]

6 March 2019 Authorities

Denmark and India have signed a Letter of Intent to establish a Center of Excellence for offshore wind in India. The LoI was signed by A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Peter Taksøe-Jensen, the ambassador of the Danish Embassy to India. India has established a goal of having 5GW of operating offshore […]

26 February 2019 Business & Finance

High Speed Transfers Ltd (HST) has entered into a partnership with Boston Line & Services for offshore wind in the U.S. In the partnership, HST will bring its experience from the European crew transfer vessel (CTV) market and the Massachusetts-based company will provide its services and local content. "There is a definite synergy between the businesses and […]

25 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

63 out of the 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines have been installed on the 588MW Beatrice wind farm offshore Scotland, according to Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL). 59 out of the 63 units installed have been commissioned, BOWL said. The turbine installation is expected to be completed in Spring 2019. Swire Blue Ocean's jack-up is loading […]

22 February 2019 Vessels

Damen Shipyards has floated out High Speed Transfers' (HST) new fast crew supply vessel HST Sofia. According to the UK-based company, the vessel is scheduled for delivery in five weeks. HST Sofia, for which a contract was signed in September last year, represents the second FCS 2710 vessel HST ordered with Damen and is being built to the same specifications as HST Hudson. […]